The Homer Rhode Loop Knot (Homer Rhodes Knot) is popular among striper surf fishermen in the North East of the US. Its simple form is a loop with two overhand knots that lock the loop in place. However, you can add a double overhand knot for the first to make the Improved Homer Rhode Knot which gives it a bit more strength.
Steps For Tying The Homer Rhode Knot
- Make an overhand knot at the end of the line leaving 4 inches at the tag end.
- Have the tag end of the line pass through the hook eye.
- Run the tag end back through the loop created by the overhand knot.
- Pull the knot tight on the standing line and make sure it lies close enough to the hook eye to touch it. You will have a complete Homer Rhode knot in your hands.
This knot is great for heavier monofilament and fluorocarbon lines in the 20-80 pound test range.
Homer Rhode Loop Knot Infographic
Homer Rhode Loop Knot Tying Video
Who Is Homer Rhode?
Homer Rhode Jr. (1906-1976) was a legendary fly fisherman who popularized targeting for snook and tarpon. He taught fly fishing at the University of Miami. [Source]
- The Homer Rhode fishing loop knot works onto a heavy leader or line, irrespective of the size of the loops you make.
- Use this knot when you want extra action in your lure.
Improved Homer Rhode Loop Knot
This is an enhanced version of the original fishing knot. However, the only difference between this knot and the original is that the first knot uses a single overhand knot, followed by a two-loop overhand knot.
Non-Slip Mono Knot
These loop knots are a higher-strength version of the Homer Rhode, which can be used to make a sturdy fixed loop at the end of a fishing line.